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Topic: Scientific Discovery - New Inert Elements... My 6th period class...
Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 7:56:17 AM
Please do not give up. To many give up and I believe that action sets up some of the students to fail @ life. Before anyone jumps on me please under stand I have been teaching for over 30 years and I have seen a lot. Also I under stand you will not affect all the students but believe if you help 1 turn their life around, you will understand why some teachers still care.
Topic: Grading Rubric/Description
Posted: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:14:42 PM
Sorry this took so long. I've been swamped. I need to make some adjustments but here is next years syllabus as it now stands.

Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center
Requirements for ALL Carpentry Students:

1. Preparation for class

Students are expected to come to class each and every day of the school year prepared for the workday. Students that do not come to class prepared will not earn being prepared points for the day

This includes the following items:
Before entering the related theory room, students should change into their shop attire as soon as they come in unless otherwise specified.

Related Theory Classroom

A pen or pencil (pencil prepared for shop area/pen for writing assignments) will be used every day in the classroom for Type 1-3 writing assignments, vocabulary words, daily worksheets, quizzes, test, etc. Students are responsible of keeping track of all locks, projects, and writing implements issued to them at the beginning of the year. If a student loses a lock issued to him/her they are required to pay a $5.00 charge at the end of the year.


Shop Clothing

Suitable work clothes must be worn – Long pants, Shirts with sleeves, no holes or ripped clothing, no baggy clothing of any kind; pants must be worn at waste level; no loose jewelry; no neck wear to be worn; shirts must be tucked in. These few rules are strictly enforced for the student’s safety.


Footwear required for this program should be sturdy leather boots or shoes. Steel toes are optional. No sneakers, sandals, shoes with nylon or inappropriate footwear will be allowed in the carpentry shop. Students are not allowed in the shop without proper footwear.

Safety Glasses

Safety glasses will be provided to all students. Glasses must be worn over the eyes at all times while in the carpentry shop area when using stationary and hand-held power tools and also when nailing and scraping glue. Prescription glasses must have approved safety lenses. The students must provide documentation on their glasses having safety lenses. Students must inform instructors if they wear contacts lenses also.

Students will not be allowed into the carpentry shop without wearing safety glasses, and will be removed from the program if they have to be repeatedly reminded to wear their safety glasses. This is a state law and will be enforced to the fullest.

Students not prepared for shop will be given a zero (0) for their grade on their weekly grade sheet, and will NOT be allowed to do make-up work for an unprepared day. Unprepared students will also be sent to the office with discipline referral notice. Repeat discipline referrals can result in the student’s removal from the program.
2. Weekly grading is based on the following:
1. Attendance
2. Being prepared
3. Related theory class work
4. Technical knowledge
5. Use of time
6. Following instruction
7. Attitude and cooperation
8. Following safety rules & regulations
Please note: Poor attendance will definitely affect the weekly and term grade severely; lessons missed in related, demonstrations and instruction in the shop area, cannot be made up. If a test is given when a student is absent, it may be made up upon the student’s request with note within a one week period upon return.

3. Notebooks

Notebooks are provided for all students in the carpentry program. They should contain vocabulary words, daily worksheets, and any handouts given to the students in the class. On various quizzes and tests, students will be allowed to use their notebooks. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain their notebooks and bring these notebooks to class. A well-kept notebook will add points to the marking period grade. Notebooks will be graded by giving a test grade correlating with the marking quarter. Quarter 1= 1 test grade, quarter 2 = 1 test grade. Quarter 3 = 1 test grade, and quarter 4 = 1 test grade.

4. Midterm and Final Exams

Both midterm and final exams will be given and dates will be posted in the classroom, as well as, announced to the students well in advance of the exams.

5. Shop/Projects – (Are assigned and based on the proper use of safety practices.)

One day exploratory shop project; Hat rack

3 week exploratory shop projects; Frabistat, Step stool,

1st Year Students— First project: Two step stool
Second project: Saw Horse (hand tools)
Third project: Round folding table
Forth project: Framing project
Fifth project: Nantucket bench

2nd Year Students--- First Project: Cutting board (hand saw)
Second project: Clean up and repair unfinished projects
Third project: Box joint tissue box
Forth project: Framing project (Scaled model)
Fifth project: Tool box
Sixth project: Picnic Table

. These projects are required so the student will develop the skills required to operate our trade tools, hand-held and stationary power tools safely. Also learn the listing of materials used and reading blueprints. These projects usually are completed by December. January begins a framing project where teams are formed and students learn about residential framing, terminology, etc. The last project (Nantucket bench, Picnic table) will be counted as a final exam.
Contacting the teacher

If you would like to meet with me (Mr. Dolhenty) anytime during the school year I am available on Mondays between 2:15 to 3:15 PM. If this is not convenient please contact me to make other arrangements. You can call LPVEC (413)-735-6300 ext. 1110 or e-mail me at This time can also be used for any makeup work needed to be done.

(Please return the following part with signatures to your carpentry instructors.)
I have read all the following information and understand that as a carpentry student I am responsible for all the information and requirements contained herein.

Student’s Signature Parent/Guardian Signature

Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Enter

Due to the nature of the carpentry programs academic and hands-on teaching method, it is very important that students come to class everyday. We prepare our students for the daily rigors of the workforce. The program is emulated as a true working environment, which requires their students (employees) to have a good attendance record, strong work ethic and the ability to be accountable for their own actions.

An absence is defined as: Not being present in class.

Reasons for bring absent from class:

Documented absence

1. Sick. This requires a note from parent/guardian or doctor. In this case missed work is allowed. It is the student’s responsibility to request work from their instructor at the end of class. This assignment is to be done at home and turned in within two days. A grade will then be given for the day of absence, not to exceed an 80%. If make-up work is not done, a zero (0) will be given for the daily grade of the absence.
2. School sponsored event. Must be approved in advance, and missed work is required in order to receive credit for the day missed.
3. No school at student’s home school. No make-up work is required.

UN-documented absence

1. Any absence with no excuse and not accompanied by a note from parent/ guardian or doctor. This also includes truancy (skipping class). The student will receive a zero (0) for the daily grade, and no make-up work is allowed.

The Lower Pioneer Valley Center and Technical Education Center does not give the student their credits, their home school does. Each student must be aware of their home school attendance policy and should not exceed the number of the days that their home school allows per quarter, semester or year before they lose credit.

I have read all the following information and understand that as a carpentry student I am responsible for all the information and requirements contained herein.

Student’s Signature Parent/Guardian Signature

Carpentry Shop
Clothing Requirements
(for safety)
And we follow school policy
On top of this

The student needs to have
1. Work boots
2. Long pants
3. Shirt with sleeves (short sleeves are allowed)
4. Safety glasses (SVAHS supplies 1 par each year)
No tinted glasses

The students are not allowed to have
1. Shorts
2. Exposed midriff
3. Shoulder straps (must be sleeves)
4. Ripped clothing
5. Baggy clothing
6. Inappropriate logo’s(alcohol, drugs, sexual)
7. Loose jewelry
8. Sunglasses

Student signature___________________________________

Parent/Guardian signature___________________________

Date _____/_____/_____

LPVEC Carpentry Contract

This compliments and in fact was built around the LPVEC School rules.

1. I pledge to remember to never enter the carpentry shop if a teacher isn’t present.

2. I will come into the carpentry shop calmly, with a positive attitude, and ready to learn.

3. I will patiently listen and look at the teacher during all safety instructions because I want to learn how machines and equipment are safely managed.

4. I will never run, act reckless, engage in horseplay in the shop, or leave the shop without permission.

5. I will show respect to the teacher, all fellow students and school property (includes textbooks, tools & equipment).

6. I will be prepared to wear eye protection, closed shoes, avoid loose clothing, tucked in shirts, and tie back long hair, whenever I am working in the woodshop.

7. I will follow all rules and regulations pertaining to the school (such as no use of cell phones in the building), classroom and shop safety, and will not play around with equipment or machines.

8. I will keep watch over the safety of others and help them to also work in a safe manner.

9. I will watch demonstrations, listen as new information is given and follow all directions carefully.

10. I will only use machines and equipment that I have been trained to use on my project.

11. When in doubt, or if I have any safety concerns, I will not proceed without first asking for the teacher’s assistance, remembering that the teacher is there to help me.

12. I will report to the teacher all unsafe acts, practices (including bullying), or conditions that might endanger anyone.

13. I will do my best to insure I work in a safe manner and will report all injuries immediately, no matter how slight.

14. I will use supplies wisely, and as I get out any materials or equipment, I will be the one responsible to put it back where it belongs and to clean up after myself.

15. I will keep my workstation clean and orderly at all times.

16. I will promote cooperation from everyone for proper safety and good housekeeping.

17. I will stay on task all period, then do my housekeeping duties promptly at the end of each class and will not leave the classroom or shop until dismissed be the teacher.

18. I will remember that accidents don’t just happen, they are caused.

19. I will do everything in my power to conduct myself properly and safely in the carpentry shop and maintain a healthy respect for the damage that misuse of machines and equipment can do.

20. I agree that if I cannot maturely abide by these rules that I may be removed from the carpentry shop class.

______________________________ ________/__________/________
(Student signature) (Date)

______________________________ ______________________________
(Parent signature) (e-mail address)

Please return this form promptly as delay may impede class progress.


The Carpentry program is a chapter 74 approved course of study offering a comprehensive competency based curriculum in the building trades industry. First year students focus in the classroom and shop on developing basic carpentry-related skills. Students begin by mastering basic carpentry competencies such as ruler reading, workplace safety, and operation of both hand and power tools. Building site preparation follows, including transit set up, calculating grade elevations, properly situating the building and the construction of batter boards. Students will advance through the curriculum learning modular layout techniques for residential concrete installation and wood framing. Hands-on practice is combined with related written and computational skills development such as, but not limited to, cost estimating, blue print reading and materials take-off calculation. Students combine this curriculum with manipulative skills development associated with shop tools through a series of on-campus projects such as personal tool boxes, sawhorses, etc.

Second year students have the opportunity to study one of the following:
Off-campus projects: these projects range form partial or whole buildings to small renovations such as porches. This exposes students to all aspects of the building industry including compliance with building codes, city ordinances, OSHA regulations, scheduling with other sub-contractors and meeting deadlines, and contact with building inspectors.

Architectural Woodworking: students will follow a course of study that incorporates the standards of the Architectural Woodworking Institute (A.W.I.) as it relates to the commercial side of interior finish work. Related theory and hands-on training will expose students in areas of wood types, laminating, veneers, casework (cabinets), stair parts, molding and many other areas of millwork.

Students completing the Carpentry programs have the option of securing gainful employment, continuing formal studies at the post-secondary level, or pursuing a combination of both.

Articulation Agreement and Tech Prep Advantages
The Carpentry Program has an articulation agreement with Holyoke Community Collage.

Through this articulation agreement, registered Tech Prep students have the opportunity to earn college credit in Introduction to Building Materials (TCH120) - 3 CREDITS.

Post-Secondary Programs Attended By Recent Graduates
American International College
Holyoke Community College
Mount Wachusett Community College
University of Massachusetts
Vermont Technical College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Worcester Technical Institute College

tbockman thank you for the contract. As you see I am going to use it.

Students emulate what they see.
I will never cave, I will only try harder.

Ed D

Topic: Grading Rubric/Description
Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2014 9:17:28 AM
As soon as I can I will try (technology is not my strength). It will be after the 1st of the year. I was sick (not absent), had lunch duty, and hall duty, all last week. I had 20 min a day to eat lunch and try to take care of all my other responsibilities (unsuccessfully). I need next week (two days) to catch up then I am on vacation.

Thank you for your professionalism. Very often I fall short of your example and am not afraid to admit when I am wrong. If I do not acknowledge my own shortcomings, I will not improve. I am a vocational instructor and do my best to train young adults to be successfully employed. I believe roll modeling is huge. My response in this matter was not very good. That is why I apologized. Your response was excellent. Thank you again for setting a good example.
Ed D
Topic: Grading Rubric/Description
Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2014 4:31:02 PM
My sincere apologies to anyone I have offended. That was not my intent. This is very good. Out of admiration, respect, and professional courtesy I ask,May I have your permission to add it too the shop syllabus we have our students and parents sign? Not to replace my current class rubric , but to add to it.
Ed D
Topic: low blow
Posted: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 1:04:57 PM
When I offend someone, intentional or not, weather I agree or not does not matter. I offended them so I apologize. How you respond to situations like these says a lot about ones personality. I have offered you a sincere apology because I offended you(and I was reacting to your joke about me). I'm sure you did not intend to offend me, however you did (weather you think so or not). Leaving a blank responce, I found insulting. Was that your intention? Why do you feel you are above offering me an apology.
Topic: low blow
Posted: Friday, May 30, 2008 1:39:30 PM
Overreacting I'll give you. It's been a very bad week. I hope you will exept my sincere apology and if you offer me one consider it exepted. I still feel it was a cheap shot. As the old saying goes, Walk a mile in my shoes.
Topic: low blow
Posted: Friday, May 30, 2008 7:44:43 AM
Audell, that was low. Why was the topic locked. To take a cheep shot at me because I'm passionate about my students safety is very unproffesional. The way I see it personal egos need to be set aside in this busness. If you follow my lead and I'm wrong students are still safe. If you follow the lead of others and I'm correct students will get hurt. Your choice.
Topic: help! need quick project!
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2008 2:20:27 PM
The puzzles would still work. What I have done in the past is to give them a copy of the solution when the last bell rings. They spend time trying to solve the puzzle.
Topic: help! need quick project!
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2008 9:50:25 AM
I have found that wooden puzzles work well as a filler. Some are much easyer than others. Even the simple ones will test reading drawings,layout, and accuracy in milling. I found a couple of good books at a bookstore. Sorry,I wish I had more to give you.
Good luck

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